It occurred to me as I was shopping for dried mango in our local Planet Organic store, a favourite for all sorts of wonderful healthy food, that dried mango is not often used in cooking. Well, I have never seen anything or made anything that contains it anyway! Mango is a fabulous flavour, but the fresh fruit is only available for such a short time of the year and here in the UK I have to be honest, they are not really comparable in taste and quality to what they are in Australia (being a fruit from the tropics and all!) so here we have a lot of it dried. The flavour stays the same only slightly sweeter from the drying process and its so chewy that it almost rehydrates in your mouth. YuM!
It got me thinking, instead of cookies with raisins or dried cranberries or choc chips why not make this melt and mix cookie with dried Mango. The coconut was an easy addition as it combines so nicely with most things but especially tropical fruits and it helps add a little extra texture to these yummy cookies. They were certainly very tasty and the little chewy bits of mango inside a bit of treasure to be found.
115g unsalted butter, melted
120g Self Raising Flour
85g caster sugar
50g dried mango, cut into small pieces
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Melt the butter and pour into a bowl containing the combined remaining ingredients. Mix well to combine and form your dough. Roll teaspoons of your dough into small balls and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Flatten the balls of dough with two fingers to form a small disc. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cookies are lightly golden.
Obviously if dried mango is not a favourite in your household you can a substitute the mango and/or the coconut for your own favourite flavours, oats and sour cherries, orange and dark chocolate, etc, etc..